Profiles in Courage Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 2.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the first pressure of Americans that keeps them from acting courageously according to Kennedy?
(a) The need to be right all the time.
(b) The need to raise campaign money.
(c) The need to be different from other politicians.
(d) The need to be well liked.

2. Besides appearing to be disloyal to his father when he aligned himself with Jefferson's politics, what other problem arose for John Quincey Adams?
(a) He was forced to change political parties and lose his seniority.
(b) Disillusionment of his party when he broke with them and voted with Jefferson.
(c) His mother becaue distraught that her son and husband did not agree.
(d) He lost his political influence for many months.

3. How does Kennedy characterize the difficult position of the elected official?
(a) Walking in the difficult landscape of being elected by constituents.
(b) Not being able to care about doing a good job.
(c) Being alone in the desert.
(d) Walking on the moon.

4. Kennedy sees as a weakness in John Quincey Adams an emotional attachment to whom?
(a) His college friends and professors.
(b) His wife and his mistress.
(c) His parents and God.
(d) His religious congregational members.

5. In PROFILES IN COURAGE, what does John F. Kennedy fear the American public has forgotten?
(a) How to tell if a man is honest.
(b) Where to look for courage in a politician.
(c) What courage actually is.
(d) The basic principles our country was founded on.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Kennedy suggest prevents a lot of people from acting courageously?

2. How did one reporter categorize elected officials?

3. What metaphor does Kennedy use to describe the relationship between the elected official and the electorate?

4. In spite of John Quincey Adams' clarity and political courage, what life-long need did he have?

5. What traits indicate that Adams suffered common human emotions?

(see the answer key)

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